‘Worst road in Ar­gyll’ to be fixed

The Oban Times - - News - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­times.co.uk

RES­I­DENTS of Taynuilt are ‘putting out the bunt­ing’ af­ter hear­ing that re­pairs are to be made to the main road through the vil­lage.

The road has been de­scribed as the ‘ worst in Ar­gyll’ be­cause of its state of dis­re­pair for years. But as of next week it is fi­nally go­ing to get the makeover it needs.

The com­mu­nity coun­cil has raised the mat­ter on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions and can fi­nally say it will be re­solved.

Work be­gins on Tues­day April 18 for three nights be­tween 7pm and 7am with overnight road clo­sures in place for safety, and height re­stric­tions in place with di­ver­sion routes for vehi- cles over 13ft 9ins (4.2m).

The £ 30,000 im­prove­ments will resur­face a 200m sec­tion of the A85 through Taynuilt and this will re­pair any de­fects in the sur­face, cre­at­ing a smoother, qui­eter and safer road through the vil­lage.

A spokes­woman for BEAR Scot­land said: ‘Due to the re­stricted width of the A85 at this lo­ca­tion, a road clo­sure is re­quired to en­sure the safety of road­work­ers as well as the trav­el­ling pub­lic.

‘The A85 will be closed each night through Taynuilt from 7pm to 7am, with a di­ver­sion in place for trunk road traf­fic via the A82 at Tyn­drum, A828 Bal­lachul­ish and A85 at Con­nel. The road will be open dur­ing the day.

‘Un­for­tu­nately, this di­ver­sion route is sub­ject to a height restriction of 13ft 9ins (4.2m) at Con­nel Bridge and as such will be un­suit­able for ve­hi­cles ex­ceed­ing this.

‘ Ve­hi­cles in ex­cess of this restriction are en­cour­aged to plan an al­ter­na­tive route dur­ing th­ese overnight works. Al­ter­na­tively, ve­hi­cles ex­ceed­ing 13ft 9ins (4.2m) may pro­ceed along the A85 where they will be stacked and es­corted through the works at Taynuilt when it is safe to do so.

‘Emer­gency ser­vices will be able to pass through the works at all times, and lo­cal ac­cess only for Taynuilt vil­lage will be main­tained when it is safe to pass through the work area.

‘Con­sul­ta­tion has been car­ried out with lo­cal res­i­dents, busi­nesses, trans­port op­er­a­tors, the Freight Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion and the Road Haulage As­so­ci­a­tion to in­form them of the plans.’

Ed­die Ross, BEAR Scot­land’s north-west rep­re­sen­ta­tive, added: ‘The resur­fac­ing im­prove­ments will help ad­dress the de­fects on the road through Taynuilt and greatly im­prove the sur­face for mo­torists.

‘We’ve planned the works to take place overnight and are avoid­ing work­ing at the week­ends to limit the im­pact on res­i­dents and mo­torists.’

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